Coffee container closing - for now

01:12, Apr 23 2014
Ali Slotemaker
COFFEE BREAK: Coffee in a Paddock co-owner Ali Slotemaker is closing her revamped shipping container for the winter, but plans to revive it when she returns to Nelson.

Rabbit Island business Coffee in a Paddock is testing the market with the concept of selling high-end coffee and other drinks from a renovated container. 

The Rabbit Island Coffee Company has placed the portable container building on the market, but is not selling the business or the brand, co-owner Ali Slotemaker said.

The espresso bar Coffee in a Paddock, set up in revamped shipping container in a paddock on the way to Rabbit Island, opened late last year for the summer, and it’s been a big success, Slotemaker said.

The business is right beside the new Great Taste cycle trail, and while that was not a factor in the decision to open, it has proved  an added bonus.

‘‘It’s been fantastic and we’ve been told constantly that people really love the product, particularly the coffee and the milkshakes. People also love the fact they can sit on the grass here, and we’ve seen kids running around and rolling in the grass.

‘‘We’ve captured a bit of the cycling market, and we’ve just started to attracted more formal cycling groups.’’

The container will close for the winter on May 4 while Slotemaker and her husband Stephen Lee return to Australia to tend to their other coffee business in Cairns.

They will return to Nelson next summer with plans to revive Coffee in a Paddock in a refreshed form.